JFRA Israel - Ra'anana - Wed., Oct. 8 #general

Schelly Dardashti <dardasht@...>

It is our great pleasure to welcome all JFRA members, friends and visitors
to a very special presentation at the JFRA Ra'anana branch. Programs in
Ra'anana are in English.

Wednesday, October 8
Doors open 7 pm, program begins at 7.30 pm
Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner St, Ra'anana
JFRA members, NIS 5; others, NIS 15

Michael Freund will speak on "Finding Lost Jews."

Michael Freund is director of Amishav, a Jerusalem-based group which
reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish
people. He will speak about his recent travels to India, Peru, Spain and
Portugal and the growing phenomenon of Jewish descendants seeking to
reclaim their heritage.
Amishav has organized crypto-Jewish conferences in Spain, has arranged for
a rabbi for the Belmonte, Portugal community, has just arranged for a rabbi
for the Chuetas of Mallorca, among other endeavors, such as assisting the
Bnai Menashe of Northern India. A recent article focused on Moroccan Jews
who went to seek their fortunes in the Amazon and their descendants who
seek to return.
Michael was a speaker at this summer's Crypto-Jewish Conference in the US.
He served as deputy communications director for former PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, and is also a syndicated Jerusalem Post columnist and writer.

For more information, contact Ra'anana chair Ingrid Rockberger,
mailto:ingrid@genealogy.org.il, or 09-745-0456.

We look forward to greeting everyone, and wish all our members, friends and
Genners, a Happy New Year, with all good things, and great genealogical

Membership renewals for 2004 will be accepted: Single, NIS 100; couple, NIS
160, and will include October-November-December 2003. Please bring checks
made out to JFRA, and remember to update personal details (phone, email,
etc.). Those renewing should arrive early so accounting can take place
before the program begins. JFRA Israel is a member of the International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

With best wishes,
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
JFRA Israel president

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